Malaysian Low Khai Jei in action during the Saujana Amateur Championship in Selangor on Tuesday. He carded a 3-under 69 for a share of the first round lead. - AZMAN GHANI/ The Star
PETALING JAYA: Malaysia’s Low Khai Jei posted a flawless opening round in the 27th MPI-Saujana Amateur Championship at the Saujana Golf and Country Club.
The 18-year-old Khai Jei carded a three-under 69 to share the lead with Danthai Boonma, Thailand’s double SEA Games gold medallist, and Lee Chieh-po of Taiwan.
One stroke adrift in fourth spot was world No. 46 Jarryd Felton of Australia.
Playing on his home course, Khai Jei, the reigning club champion, was on fire on the front nine with three birdies at the first, sixth and eighth holes.
The national No. 5 admitted local knowledge played a big role in his good show.
“I’m really pleased with today’s good start,” said Khai Jei.
“I was hitting it very good, making a lot of greens in regulation. I missed a few short birdie putts, but then I sank some longish ones too.”
Danthai, who beat Malaysia’s Gavin Kyle Green in a playoff for the individual gold in the Myanmar SEA Games last December, notched five birdies but was let down by two bogeys.
“My game was all right, but it could have been better. I missed at least three short putts, it was frustrating,” he said.
Felton, who had four birdies and two bogeys, said: “I hit it straight and made a lot of fairways but I found the condition very wet. The greens are nice though.”